From August this year the DVSA will be targeting lorry drivers and operators who try to cheat vehicle emissions. This will be done via the use of normal roadside checks with the new emission test added to the items the DVSA enforcement staff will look at. The new checks will target those who break the law and should help to improve air quality.

Both the DVSA and their European counterparts have found evidence that drivers and operators use emissions cheat devices to cut the cost of operating. These include:

· using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working

· removing the diesel particulate filter or trap

· using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid

· using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions

· removing or bypassing the exhaust gas recirculation valve

DVSA enforcement officers will give the driver and operator 10 days to fix the emissions system if they find a vehicle with tampered emissions readings. If the emissions system isn’t fixed within 10 days, DVSA will issue a fine and stop the vehicle being used on the road. DVSA enforcement staff can insist that a vehicle be taken off the road immediately if they find a driver or operator is repeatedly offending.

DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We are committed to taking dangerous vehicles off Britain’s roads and this new initiative to target emissions fraud is a key part of that. Anyone who flouts the law is putting other road users, and the quality of our air, at risk. We won’t hesitate to take these drivers, operators and vehicles off our roads”.